March 20, 2017
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has been identified by public and animal health organizations worldwide as a critical threat to modern society. As part of the multi-faceted strategy to address this threat, effective surveillance of antimicrobial use (AMU) is viewed as a vital component to the enhancement of our understanding of AMR and assessment of the impact of interventions to limit or mitigate its effect. Furthermore, AMU surveillance is fundamental to the achievement of strategic objectives and meeting Canadian commitments towards progress within this challenging area. As stewards within the antimicrobial distribution pathway, veterinarians will have to play a critical role in this process.
TDV Global’s consultants, Michael Ennis and James Dunlop led the workshop to collectively review the current context and activities for veterinary antimicrobial use surveillance and identify the requirements for future prescription-based AMU data and information collection. Over fifty participants representing a broad cross-section of stakeholder groups and with varied professional expertise across multiple animal species contributed to the discussion and the development of workshop outputs.